America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History

America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History

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America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History

America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History

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Synopsis

Unlike other works, America in the Sixties looks at the era from the perspective of new leftists, liberals, and conservatives, providing readers with the opportunity to see this seminal decade more fully and richly than they could before. It includes the manifestos of both the Students for a Democratic Society and the Young Americans for Freedom, the most prominent radical and conservative student groups of the time. Further, in addition to selections by such individuals as Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, it contains pieces by figures often associated with other times, such as Reverend Billy Graham and Ronald Reagan. Seeking to immerse readers in the decade's key issues in a balanced manner, the book covers the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the counterculture, and the women's movement and looks at some of the 1960's most memorable moments.

Excerpt

Few periods in American history have captured the imagination as much as the "sixties," a term that refers both to a specific decade and a mood. Offer a college course on the 1960s, and students will pack the classroom. Peruse journals and magazines generally devoid of historical analysis, and you will uncover a unique fixation with the era. For conservatives, the sixties represent the bogeyman, the source of nearly all current social ills, the time when America got off track. For leftists and old-fashioned liberals, the sixties stand as an emblem of idealism and reform and as an inventory of unfinished agendas.

Not surprisingly, the sixties have already generated a great deal of attention, rivaled perhaps only by the outpouring of literature on the American Civil War. Contemporaries poured out tracts on the "generation gap," the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the tragedy at Kent State, and numerous other extraordinary events. In the immediate aftermath of the sixties, academics and nonacademics maintained a steady flow of publications on these and additional developments. Even as the decade passes from memory to history, bookstores and libraries continue to stock their shelves with memoirs, biographies, and oral histories on or by the decade's most notable figures, from Kennedy to King, and surveys of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement, as well as scholarly treatises on more narrowly defined subjects. Filmmakers, television producers, musicians, and playwrights similarly have tapped and continue to tap the sixties as a dramatic setting for their works of fact and fiction. Even cyberspace has Web sites on a variety of sixties subjects, from the Black Panther Party to Woodstock.

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